lewd /'lüd/ adj: involving or being sexual conduct that is considered indecent or offensive: licentious
convicted of lewd and lascivious assault upon a childNational Law Journal
lewd·ly adv
lewd·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective bawdy, carnal, concupiscent, corrupt, depraved, dissolute, exhibiting lust, immodest, immoral, impudicus, impure, impurus, incestus, indecent, indelicate, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, libidinous, licentious, lubricous, lustful, morally impure, morally unrestrained, obscene, offensive, pornographic, profligate, prurient, publicly indecent, questionable, reprobate, ribald, risque, ruttish, rutty, salacious, scandalous, scarlet, scurrilous, sexually impure, sexually indecent, shameless, suggestive, unchaste, unclean, unvirtuous, vulgar, wanton associated concepts: lewd and lascivious cohabitation, obscenity II index depraved, immoral, lascivious, lecherous, licentious, obscene, promiscuous, prurient, salacious, scandalous, scurrilous, suggestive (risqué), unrestrained (not repressed), wanton

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Sexually indecent; provoking lust. See also lascivious, indecent

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Any conduct that is considered indecent or offensive. Today the term is often used when referring to pornography, prostitution, and indecent exposure.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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